Bianchi Planetarium

By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor


Musica Angelica will honor the memory of early music specialists – lutenist Michael Eagan and gambist/baroque cellist Mark Chatfield, both men who died at early ages. In honor of Eagan and Chatfield, Musica Angelica will present “In Memory of the Masters – The Bigger Picture” on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13. World-renowned lutenist John Schneiderman will lead this tribute concert. Schneiderman has stated, “Michael was always extremely generous when we played together, allowing me to present music that I championed.” Schneiderman continues “So, in his honor, I will play one of his favorite pieces: Weiss’s Sonata No. 5 in D minor.

The second half of the program will open with a concerto written by Haydn’s lute player, Karl Kohaut, and close with Vivaldi’s Concerto for Lute and Strings.” Audiences will hear Hideki Yamaya play continuo on a 10-course lute and a number of songs for lute and voice performed by guest artist Daniel Plaster, tenor, who frequently collaborated with both Chatfield and Eagan. Musicians joining Schneiderman, Yamaya and Plaster include violinists Janet Strauss and Sue Feldman and cellist William Skeen. Musica Angelica’s principal bass, Denise Briese, will appear as well-playing Chatfield’s composition, “Suite for Gamba Alone,” written in 1997. Managing Director Laura Spino has stated, “When Musica Angelica was founded in 1993, Michael Chatfield and Mark Eagan wanted to create a high quality, professional and authentic baroque ensemble for Los Angeles and I know they will be with us in spirit at these November performances.” The concerts will be performed Saturday, November 12 at 8 p.m. at the Pasadena Neighborhood Church located at 301 No. Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena and Sunday, November 13 at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at 1220 Second Street in Santa Monica CA.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012 will see the reopening the historic Japanese Garden at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. A year-long renovation will have been completed in time to celebrate its centennial. Visitors will see an authentic Japanese ceremonial teahouse set within a traditionally landscaped tea garden, situated on a ridge about the existing Japanese house that has served The Huntington for the last hundred years. The garden includes a series of koi-filled ponds, a historic moon bridge, and a Japanese house – elements that together make up one of the most frequently photographed landscape views in Southern California. You will also find a dry rock “Zen” garden, a bonsai garden, and now a tea garden that will, on occasion, be used to demonstrate the traditional tea ceremony. The teahouse, called Seifu-an (the Arbor of Pure Breeze), was donated by the Pasadena Buddhist Temple in 2010. It was built in Kyoto and has twice been returned to Japan for restoration overseen by a Kyoto-based architect and craftsman. It now sits on a ridge on the southwest side of the Japanese garden with a view that extends across the canyon, providing visitors with a stunning new vantage point.


I wonder how many of you readers know that we have a public radio station, KCSN/ Los Angeles (88.5), based in the San Fernando Valley. The station’s pledge drive began Friday, October 14 and will run through Sunday, October 23rd. Now, legendary artists Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, U2, Coldplay and others are joining together to support KCSN by donating rare memorabilia, or performing in a benefit concert. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline the first KCSN Benefit Concert on Saturday, October 20, in the 500-seat Plaza del Sol Performance Hall on the university campus. KCSN-FM is shifting to a “Smart Rock” format and, in an effort to show their support, U2 is donating a one-of-a-kind signed Gretsch Falcon guitar to be auctioned off during the pledge drive.

Coldplay, Bob Seger, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge and Robbie Robertson also have contributed signed guitars. Jack Johnson has provided an autographed ukulele and Mumford & Sons are contributing an autographed banjo. Mick Jagger and members of Superheavy have signed a lithograph that also will be auctioned off. KCSN Program Director Sky Daniels has stated, “When I was young, the DJ on the radio told me to believe in the magic of rock n’ roll. All these years later, the generosity and love from these artists reaffirms that faith. Words cannot express our gratitude, so our actions will. We will ensure that more listeners have access to the station and to the work of both legendary and emerging artists.” Paul McGuinness, manager of U2, said the band was “pleased” to donate the oneof- a-kind guitar to KCSN/ Los Angeles to help it “in its dedication to being an artistdevelopment platform for our industry.”

McGuinness has said, considering the unique nature of the signed Gretsch Falcon guitar, the band has asked that the minimum bid for the instrument be set at $150,000. Only one other such guitar has been donated by U2, fetching $187,000 in the Music Rising auction. KCSN General Manager Karen Keams said a portion of the proceeds from U2 Falcon guitar auction will be contributed to National Public Radio (NPR). KCSN-FM 885 now offers a 24- hour, commercial-free blend of rock, alternative, soul, blues and Americana with a wide range of artists. The station’s alternative programming is also available on the station’s HD! channel and online at KCSN offers 24- hour classical programming on its HD2 channel and online at


Bianchi Planetarium
Bianchi Planetarium

The Bianchi Planetarium, located on the campus at California State University Northridge, is offering several programs every other week during the university’s fall semester. On Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m., the Autumn Sky Show will be presented. Come and learn about stars, constellations and planets visible in the sky during the autumn. Then, at 8:30 p.m. the Planetarium will show, “To Boldly Go-NASA’s Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt.” The ambitious and exciting Dawn Mission, launched in September 2007, is one of NASA’s most remarkable ventures into our solar system.

In July of this year Dawn entered orbit around Vesta and is returning astonishing views of this fascination world. In addition to Vesta the spacecraft will also explore Ceres. Ceres and Vista are the two most massive residents of the asteroid belt, that vast collection of bodies between Mars and Jupiter. Dr. Marc Rayman from JPL will describe the Dawn mission, its use of a special ion propulsion technology as well as its two exotic destinations. On Friday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m., the Bianchi Planetarium will again present the Autumn Sky Show at 7:30 pm. Then, at 8:30 p.m. the Climate Change Impact on Civilizations: Lessons Space Data and Archaeology. Recently, NASA and other remote sensing date have enabled significant progress in archaeological research. Emerging from this research is one factor that past civilizations were significantly influenced by even minor climate events. Dr. Ron Blom, who has a PHD from UC Santa Barbara, will lecture on how will we react when there are minor climate changes. Minor climate changed helped bring down the Old Kingdom of Egypt, the Mayas, and others. How will we react to today to climate change? For information call (818) 677-5601 or go to: www. and planetarium/planetarium. html. For ticket information or to purchase tickets call (818) 677-2488.

By Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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